The Michael Tuck Stand and Glenferrie Oval revitalisation

The Glenferrie Oval precinct is one of Boroondara's most loved sporting and community facilities. We are revitalising the heritage-listed site for the community to enjoy now and into the future.

We've developed a vision for the Michael Tuck Stand and Glenferrie Oval that will:

  • celebrate the historical significance of the Michael Tuck Stand and its unique connection to Hawthorn's history and culture
  • improve the quality, safety and functionality of the Michael Tuck Stand and Glenferrie Oval
  • maximise community use through access to health and fitness, arts and culture, and sport and recreation activities
  • create opportunities for community connection across all ages and abilities
  • connect with the new open space to be created where the demolished Ferguson Stand stood.

The vision delivers on the adopted:

Learn more about what our vision includes below. You can also download the full Vision and Design Brief document from the Document library.

Our vision includes...

  • Celebration of heritage

    The Michael Tuck Stand was built in 1938 as the flagship facility for the Hawthorn Football Club, which played at Glenferrie Oval from 1905 to 1973.

    From 1973 to 2006, the club continued to use this space as an administrative and training base.

    The refurbishment will respect and celebrate the Michael Tuck Stand’s heritage significance and its Moderne style façade, which is heritage listed and of state significance. This will include keeping the grandstand seating.

  • Upgraded Michael Tuck Stand

    The upgrades will support better use of the Glenferrie Oval for community sport, recreation and leisure. It will also create a sportsground for the community, as well as opportunities for women and girls to participate in sport.

  • Upgraded Glenferrie Oval

    We will upgrade Glenferrie Oval with:

    • an improved playing surface on the oval, including a new synthetic cricket wicket
    • sportsground lighting
    • coaches' boxes
    • sand slit drainage system
    • fencing
    • repairs to the existing irrigation system.
  • Supporting community sport and recreation

    Refurbishing the oval and the sports pavilion will support year-round use of the sportsground for:

    • Junior Australian Rules Football, including Auskick (existing)
    • Senior Women’s Australian Rules Football Hub
    • Junior cricket
    • Casual fitness such as walking, running, dog-walking and socialising.
  • Women’s Australian Rules Football Hub

    We will create a Women’s Australian Rules Football Hub, which will help the growing sport currently limited by a lack of available grounds. The hub would move away from the traditional home and away model and would host games without being a home ground for clubs.

    This will:

    • improve opportunities for women's participation in the sport
    • allow the fixture to include more matches for women’s teams
    • provide training and playing facilities for local women’s teams.
  • Multipurpose community spaces

    The Michael Tuck Stand will include shared spaces for different community groups. It will feature multipurpose spaces on the ground floor that can be used for:

    • meetings
    • educational seminars
    • leisure and fitness activities
    • creative arts
    • children’s activities
    • youth activities
    • seniors’ activities
    • rehearsal space for community bands.

    Level one will feature spaces for heritage and community partnerships, including local historical societies who want to exhibit and preserve items of historic interest.

  • New open space

    The demolition of Ferguson Stand will allow our new open space to better connect the site, provide safer pedestrian access and support more recreation and leisure opportunities. It will:

    • include an accessible pathway from the carpark down to the front of the weightlifting building
    • protect the significant Eucalyptus trees in the area
    • keep the slope of the area to maintain the flood levy of Glenferrie Oval and support drainage
    • include elements of the demolished Ferguson Stand to preserve its history.
    View progress on the new open space  
  • Accessible and sustainable design

    We will include accessibility and sustainability into our designs for the Glenferrie Oval precinct.

Multi-purpose community spaces

Michael Tuck Stand outlining Ground level as area for Community sports pavilion space and community multi-purpose space and Level 1 as area for community sports pavilion space

Ground level

A mud map of the ground level of the Michael Tuck Stand

Level one

A mud map of level one of the Michael Tuck Stand

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